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Joshua Brown

Dr Josh Brown

Academic Services Officer (on leave)
Biological Sciences Team (Academic Services, Sc)

Contact details
Address
Biological Sciences Team (Academic Services, Sc)
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 7828
Fax
+61 8 6488 1108
Email
josh.brown@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
www.giosuemarrone.com

Honorary Research Fellow
European Languages and Studies

Contact details
Address
European Languages and Studies
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Email
josh.brown@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
www.giosuemarrone.com
Qualifications
BA BEc PhD W.Aust.
Biography
I completed undergraduate degrees in Arts and Economics with majors in French, Italian and Econometrics, followed by an Honours dissertation in Italian Studies. My Honours thesis was a linguistic reading of Castiglione’s Il libro del Cortegiano of 1528. My passion for all things Italian and linguistic led me to pursue a PhD in history of the Italian language, focussing on the tuscanisation of merchant writing sent from Milan in the late 14th century. I was fortunate enough to make use of documents from the voluminous Datini Archive in Prato, Tuscany, whose more than 150'000 documents have almost all been scanned and are available for viewing online. My research interests have continued in this vein, but have shifted to broader issues of language variation, koineization, and historical contact between medieval vernaculars in Italy.
Key research
History of the Italian language
Merchant texts 1300-1500
Language variation and change
Koineization in late medieval Italy
Non-literary texts
Publications
BOOKS
In Press. Brown, J. Early evidence for Tuscanisation in the letters of Milanese merchants in the Datini Archive, Prato, 1396-1402. Classe di Lettere, Scienze Morali e Storiche, vol. XLVI. (Milan: Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere), iv + 395 pp. ISSN: 1124-1969.

2014 John J. Kinder and Joshua J. Brown, Canon Raffaele Martelli in Western Australia, 1853-1864: Life and Letters, Abbey Press, Melbourne. pp. 246, ISBN 9781925208498.
http://www.newnorcia.wa.edu.au/products/details/canon-raffaele-martelli-in-western-australia/CRM


CHAPTERS AND ARTICLES
In press. Brown, J. “Una memoria quattrocentesca in volgare lombardo”. Invited contribution to the journal La lingua italiana: storia, strutture, testi.
http://www.libraweb.net/riviste.php?chiave=43

In press. Brown, J. “The Influence of Milan on the Development of the Lombard Koinè in Fifteenth-Century Italy: the letters of Elisabetta of Pavia”, Quaderni d’Italianistica.
http://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/qua

2017. Brown, J. “The multilingual network of a 14th century Tuscan merchant: Francesco di Marco Datini and his correspondence.” In E.-M. Wagner, B. Beinhoff & B. Outhwaite (Eds), Merchants of Innovation. The languages of traders. Studies in Language Change, (Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton), pp.235-251.
https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/465602

2016. Brown, J. and Caruso, M. “Access Granted: Modern Languages and Issues of Accessibility at University. A case study from Australia”, Language Learning in Higher Education 6: 2, pp.453-471
https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cercles.2016.6.issue-2/cercles-2016-0025/cercles-2016-0025.xml

2015. Caruso, M. and Brown, J. “Broadening units to broadened horizons: The impact of New Courses 2012 on enrolments in Italian at the University of Western Australia”, Babel 50: 1, pp.24-37.
https://www.afmlta.asn.au/content/babel

2015. Brown, J. “Testimonianze di una precoce toscanizzazione nelle lettere commerciali del mercante milanese Francesco Tanso in Archivio Datini”, Forum Italicum 49: 3, pp.683-714.
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0014585815593483

2014. Brown, J. and Caruso, M. “New Courses 2012: the impact on enrolments in Italian at the University of Western Australia.” In C. Travis, J. Hajek, C. Nettelbeck, E. Beckmann & A. Lloyd-Smith (Eds), Practices and Policies: Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education. Sydney: Office for Learning and Teaching, pp.39-53.
https://www.lcnau.org/proceedings/

2014. Caruso, M. and Brown, J. “Innovative translation. Dubbing films in Italian with iMovie.” In C. Travis, J. Hajek, C. Nettelbeck, E. Beckmann & A. Lloyd-Smith (Eds), Practices and Policies: Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education. Sydney: Office for Learning and Teaching, pp.507-518.
https://www.lcnau.org/proceedings/

2013. Brown, J. “Transcribing the Italian Correspondence of Canon Raffaele Martelli in the New Norcia Archives, 1853-1864”, New Norcia Studies, 21: 73-82.
https://www.academia.edu/4346011/2013._Transcribing_the_Italian_Correspondence_of_Canon_Raffaele_Martelli_in_the_New_Norcia_Archives_1853-1864_New_Norcia_Studies_21_pp.73-82

2013. Brown, J. “Language variation in 15th century Milan: evidence of koineization in the letters (1397-1402) of the Milanese merchant Giovanni da Pessano”, Italian Studies, 68: 1, pp.57-77. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/0075163412Z.00000000033

2012. Brown, J. “Evidence for early Tuscanisation in the commercial letters from the Milanese merchant Giovannino da Dugnano (?-1398) in the Datini Archive in Prato”, Italica 89: 4, pp.464-488. https://www.jstor.org/stable/23474968?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents


REVIEWS
In press. Review of: Michele Colombo (ed.). 2016. Passione Trivulziana. Armonia evangelica volgarizzata in milanese antico. Edizione critica e commentata, analisi linguistica e glossario (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 406). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Published in: Italian Studies.

2016. Review of: Stefano Girola (ed.), Report of Rosendo Salvado to Propaganda Fide in 1883 (Northcote, Victoria: Morning Star Publishing, 2015).
Published in: The Record. Available at:
http://www.therecord.com.au/blog/report-of-rosendo-salvado-to-propaganda-fide-in-1883/

2013. Review of: Elizabeth Tyler (ed.), Conceptualizing Multilingualism in Medieval England, c. 800-c.1250 (Brepols, Turnhout, 2012).
Published in: In Parergon 30: 2, pp.254-256.

2012. Review of: Filippo Salvatore, “La presenza dell’italiano nel Canada francese”. In Identità e diversità nella lingua e nella letteratura italiana (Firenze: Cesati, 2007), pp.413-430.
Published in: Rivista italiana di dialettologia 35, p.520.

2012. Review of: Lorenzo Rocchi, “La lingua di chi è emigrato. Un’indagine tra la Sicilia e l’Inghilterra”, Altreitalie, pp.129-156.
Pulbished in: Rivista italiana di dialettologia 35, p.510.

2008. Review of: Richard Freadman, This Crazy Thing a Life, Perth, UWA Press.
Published in: Limina: a journal of historical and cultural studies 14, pp.150-151.


BLOG POSTS
2017. “Language Variation in Renaissance Italy”, Australasian Centre for Italian Studies website. Available at: https://acis.org.au/2017/03/25/language-variation-in-renaissance-italy/

2017. “Remove Barriers and Languages will flourish”, Humtank (Swedish think tank for the Humanities) website. Available at: http://humtank.se/josh-brown-remove-barriers-languages-will-flourish/

2015. “Access Granted: Modern Languages and Issues of Accessibility at University”, Australasian Centre for Italian Studies website. Available at: http://acis.org.au/2016/01/14/access-granted-modern-languages-and-issues-of-accessibility-at-university/

2013. “Tuscany Meets Milan @ Datini Office™ 1382”, Australasian Centre for Italian Studies website. Available at: http://acis.org.au/2013/10/07/tuscany-meets-milan-datini-office%E2%98%9E-1382/
Funding received
2012 Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial Scholarship ($20'000)
Languages
English; fluent
Italian; fluent
French; spoken, read
German; read
Latin; read
Mandarin: basic
Swedish: basic
Memberships
Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS)
American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)
Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS)
Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)
Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG)
Honours and awards
2016 Competitive internal-grant from Romance Studies and Classics (Stockholm U) for conference attendance and archival
research in Italy
2014 Nomination for the Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Awards (S1-ITAL2403)
2013 High Commendation for the Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Awards (S2-ITAL2404)
2012 Nomination for the Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Awards (S1-ITAL2403 and S2-ITAL2404 and 3406)
Teaching
I have coordinated several units and taught widely across levels 1-3. I taught Italian language acquisition units as well as courses on Italian film, the history of Italy, opera, Italian Romanticism, the linguistic history of Italy as well as novels by Natalia Ginzburg, Leonardo Sciascia, Italo Calvino and others. At Stockholm U in 2017 I am teaching a course in Italian for foreign students and a course on Romance linguistics.
Current external positions
2015-2018. Honorary Research Associate of the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies.
http://acis.org.au/honorary-research-associates/

2016-2017. Postdoctoral Fellow, Stockholm University.
http://www.su.se/english/profiles/jbrow-1.289367
Useful links
Follow me on Academia.edu
New and noteworthy
Book launch of "Canon Raffaele Martelli in Western Australia":
http://www.newnorcia.wa.edu.au/calendar.html?e=2014-12-28-new-norcia-abbey-press-book-launch-the-palms-in-subiaco

Invited scholar to launch volume 22 of the journal New Norcia Studies and to introduce Dr Stefano Girola’s translation of the 1883 Salvado Report to Propaganda Fide at the Palms Community Centre, Subiaco
http://www.communitynews.com.au/news/Recognition-due-for-Salvado/7678534
Current projects
Renaissance Italy sees the creation of the Italian language, and of most major European standard languages. In Italy, no political centre dominated the entire peninsula, and so a standard language was not immediately obvious. The dialect chosen for the standard came from the literary tradition, Florentine. The existing literature has shown how Florentine emerged as a dominant variety, but this has focussed on literary texts, leaving an entire period of language history unexplored. This project takes as its focus a corpus of non-literary documents to compile a picture of language history in north Italy ‘from below’, focussing on the letters of the 15th century Milanese nun Margherita Lambertenghi.
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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